Elmina air crash: Please take care of my sons, Mohammad Taufiq’s last words to mother

Elmina plane crash victim Mohammad Taufiq Mohd Zaki’s mother Rohani Mohamed Ibrahim sprinkles rose water on his grave at the Ukay Perdana Muslim Cemetery

“Mama, please take care of my children. I love you so much, take care,” were the last words of one of the victims in the plane crash near Bandar Elmina, Shah Alam, Selangor, Mohammad Taufiq Mohd Zaki, to his mother before departing for Langkawi last Wednesday.

Rohani Mohamed Ibrahim, 62, said she would keep helping her daughter-in-law Suzana Paiman, 38, look after her four grandsons, aged three to 10, as her son’s final message would forever be imprinted in her mind.

“His wife is unemployed. Whenever he (Mohammed Taufiq) was out of town, my husband and I would help send (our grandsons) to school,” she said when met by reporters at the Ukay Perdana Muslim Cemetery here today.

Mohammad Taufiq, the special officer to Pelangai assemblyman Datuk Seri Johari Harun, who also perished in the incident, was laid to rest at about 1pm.

Asked about her son’s character, Rohani tearfully said that Mohammad Taufiq, the second of three siblings, was a person who truly cared for both his parents.

“He was very kind, especially to his parents. He would always call and ask how I was doing…he was such a good son, he never gave us any trouble,” she said.

Meanwhile, Mohammad Taufiq’s father, Mohd Zaki Abd Kadir, 69, said the deceased’s two children were admitted to the hospital due to influenza before he left for Langkawi.

“He sent his sons to the Ampang Puteri Hospital before going to Langkawi. Two of his children had influenza. That’s why he asked his mother to look after his sons,” he said.

In the incident on Thursday, a Beechcraft Model 390 (Premier 1) business jet crashed on the Guthrie Corridor Expressway near Bandar Elmina, killing 10 individuals.

The victims who died consisted of six passengers and two crew members of the light aircraft, while the other two were civilians, Muhamad Hafiz and an e-hailing driver who were passing through the area at the time of the incident.

The ill-fated aircraft was on a flight from Langkawi to the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang and had been cleared to land at 2.48pm but crashed two minutes later.

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